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MILKING FREQUENCY STUDY Play Audio



Previous research trials have compared the dairy herd milking performance of three-times-a-day milking to two-times-a-day.  New research finds that, when changing from a “2X” schedule to a “3X” schedule, the feeding programs for dairy cows and heifers need to change as well.  This week, K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk reports on those findings.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Aug. 15 is Early Deadline for K-State’s Risk & Profit Conference



Aug. 15 is the early deadline to register for the K-State Risk & Profit Conference, this year to be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.
7/31/2014 8:00:00 AM


Proposed Rule Could Enhance Tracking of Ground Beef Sources



A recently proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would require grocery stores and supermarkets to keep more documentation on ground beef sources, which could assist in more timely traceability of a particular beef source that may have caused a foodborne illness.

7/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
7/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Center for Food Integrity, Play Audio



The senior project manager with the Center for Food Integrity, Mark Crouser, talks about the mission of that non-profit center, in communicating factual information to consumers about their food supply...working with land-grant university scientists and agricultural producers, among others, to get the word out.

7/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Derrell Peel Analyzes the Latest Cattle Markets Play Audio



Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he goes over the numbers from the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed and mid-year cattle inventory reports released last Friday, and he remarks on the potential staying power of the record surge in fed cattle prices and wholesale beef prices in the wake of those reports.

7/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Joel DeRouchey Examines A New Study of The Environmental Impact of Beef Cattle Production Play Audio



K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey compares the findings of a new study of the environmental impact of beef cattle production to previous research on that same topic, and offers his perceptions of this latest study and the message it's sending.

7/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Travis O''Quinn On the New USDA proposal Regarding Traceback Records Play Audio



K-State meat scientist Travis O'Quinn talks about the new USDA proposal requiring all ground beef processors to keep traceback records for food safety purposes.

7/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes and the All-Breeds Junior Dairy Show and Sweepstakes Play Audio



K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn previews the Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes and the All-Breeds Junior Dairy Show and Sweepstakes, both coming up in August.

7/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


2014 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes Planned Aug. 23-24



The 2014 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes is set to be held on Aug. 23-24 in Manhattan on the Kansas State University campus. All Kansas 4-H members are invited to participate in the two-day livestock learning and competition experience.
7/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


KANSAS JUNIOR DAIRY SHOW... Play Audio



The annual Kansas Junior Dairy Show takes place August 14-16 in Salina. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk outlines the schedule of events offered for the exhibitors at the show. To get registered or for more information, visit www.asi.k-state.edu.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Shuttle Train Grain Loading Facilities and Grain Prices Play Audio



A guest speaker at K-State this week, Montana State University agricultural economist Anton Bekkerman, talks about his study of how shuttle train grain loading facilities have influenced the prices received by Kansas grain producers.

7/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Bill Brown of KDA talks about vesicular stomatitis in horses Play Audio



State animal health commissioner Bill Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture has more on the alert to horse owners about the disease vesicular stomatitis, which has recently been confirmed in Texas and Colorado...he talks about the serious physical afflictions this disease causes, and why horse owners need to be on the watch for it.

7/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Dale Blasi discusses summer annual forages for cattle Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi discusses the nutritional role that summer annual forages can fill in cattle feeding rations, going over the various forage types and the feeding programs they fit.

7/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Weekly Cattle Market Analysis... Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides the cattle market analysis for this week...he looks ahead to two important USDA reports due out this Friday: the monthly Cattle-on-Feed Report and the return of the biannual Cattle Inventory Report, the latter expected to indicate the degree of cattle herd expansion taking place.

7/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


ENCOURAGING DAIRY WORKERS Play Audio



Constant worker turnover can be a real hindrance for a dairy operation.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) advises dairy producers facing this problem to step back and analyze why their employees leave the operation.   That might lead to some ideas that promote worker longevity on an operation.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Animal Health Industry Insights Seminar: Introduction to Compounding



Kansas State University's Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is hosting an Animal Health Industry Insights seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at noon at the K-State Olathe Campus.
7/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Eastern Kansas Grazing School to be Held in Blaine



The annual Eastern Kansas Grazing School will be on Sept. 10 and 11 at the St. Columbkille Church Hall, 13305 Highway 16, in Blaine, Kansas and at area farms. The two-day school is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.
7/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Beef Conference Aug. 11-14



Many cattle producers are experiencing record returns on their calves this year, but even times of high profitability demand a search for more opportunities to enhance a beef operation. These opportunities will be discussed at the upcoming K-State Beef Conference, hosted Aug. 11-14 in various locations across Kansas.
7/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Ammoniated Wheat Straw As Beef Cattle Forage... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner reports on his new research, on feeding ammoniated wheat straw as a roughage for the beef cow herd...and whether that straw can serve as an adequate forage when the anhydrous ammonia treatment is cut in half as a cost-savings measure.

7/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

7/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State Risk & Profit Conference Set for Aug. 21-22



Reforms in densely-populated China and their implications for U.S. agriculture will take center stage as part of Kansas State University’s Risk & Profit Conference. The topic, along with an array of others is part of the annual event this year set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.


7/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas FSA Update... Play Audio



The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, covers a number of USDA program developments:  the sign-up for the Livestock Feed Program continues for producers who endured drought-related feed resource losses during the past three years; how the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species has impacted a producer's ability to use former C-R-P grasslands;  and a progress report on the preparations for the new-look commodity program sign-up to take place later this year.

7/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

7/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Fly Control in the Pasture... Play Audio



K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson has more on fly control management for the cattle herd on pasture, stressing the idea of using control products only when the fly activity has reached the point that control is warranted...she also urges good control stewardship, by alternating products midway through the grazing season.

7/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he comments on last week's retreat in the fed cattle market, the latest beef export and import numbers from the USDA, and a rise in the value of cow beef in the domestic market.

7/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


Groundbreaking New Test For eColi in Beef Cattle



From the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, researchers T.G. Naragaja, Jianfa Bai and Lance Noll report on the new genetic test they've developed to detect e-coli bacteria in beef cattle...a major breakthrough which could save the beef industry millions of dollars annually, through more rapid and more accurate e-coli testing. See video
7/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


DAIRY CATTLE HOOF CARE Play Audio



In the summer months, dairy cattle tend to stand longer, and often on moist ground. Therefore, producers should take time to evaluate their herd’s standing structure, to keep cattle hooves in healthy condition.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) comments on what producers can do to prevent hoof afflictions.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM